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Conference 2010 - University of Otago, Dunedin: November 25-26


Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

The TERNZ conference accepts proposals from researchers interested in any aspect of the study of higher education. There will be a total of 30 sessions in 5 parallel streams. Each session is 1 hour and will typically involve no more than 10 minutes for the researcher to present their work and 50 minutes in which to discuss the substantive issues that arise from it. Please think of this as a developmental exercise in which both the researcher and the participants are there to build new ideas and advance understanding.

The timings above are indicative only so please be creative in how you run your session. However, it is important to say that we wish to avoid the paper presentations typical of many conferences [See Philosophy ].

Sessions are of three types:

1. Submission of abstract for parallel sessions
All abstracts will be peer reviewed and 30 will be accepted for the conference. Please use the following headings:
a. Title
b. The research (250 words)
c. Why this topic is important (250 words)
d. How the session will be run (200 words)

Please submit your abstract by email to:

2. Interactive Posters
In the poster session presenters are strongly encouraged to reconceptualize their poster presentation in creative ways to incorporate: a) active learning approaches and b) interactive engagement with both poster and presenter. However, we are happy to accept more traditional posters as well. In the poster session, to be held over lunch, TERNZ participants will be invited to circulate around the presentations. There will be a vote on the poster that best embraces the notion of active learning and engagement. The popular vote will determine the three finalists, from which the winner will be determined by an adjudication panel.

Participants intending to submit a poster must adhere to the abstract submission guidelines below. In addition they should indicate requirements for their presentation (poster-board size, any tables, electrical requirements etc). We will try to accommodate reasonable requests providing they are received by October 15th. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Please use the following headings:
a. Title
b. The research (250 words)
c. Why this topic is important (250 words)

Please submit your poster proposal by email to:

3. Host groups
You will be assigned to a host group for the conference and these meet 4 times. The purpose of the group is to extend the conversations from the parallel sessions. Discussions in the groups are mediated by a facilitator and you may wish to be considered for this role. Please contact stanley.frielick@aut.ac.nz if you would like to facilitate a host group.

The closing date for all proposals is September 17th
** extended to September 24 ** 2010.



The organisers gratefully acknowledge the generous support of
Ako Aotearoa in making the conference more accessible to delegates.



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